Grateful Dead Live at Community War Memorial Auditorium on 1980-09-02
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
AUD (FOB, unknown mics)> MC> DAT> CDR> EAC> SHN; like a reseed of SHN ID 4954, except it is the complete audience; reEAC> SHN from the original source audio CDs; CD Mastering, EAC> SHN> seeding to abgd by Skankweed
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- AUD (FOB, unknown mics)> MC> DAT> CDR> EAC> SHN
- Rochester, NY
- Audience Recording
Subject: My first show
Subject: Great show
Subject: still 5 starts
Love it when they extend the jams like this one. Also anther time Jerry sings bob's vrs is the Tempe show from June of 1980.
man they are on this show here. Upstate brought the jam out on the band for sure. This show should get nothing less then 5 stars from everyone.
Subject: Dead environs
Subject: I Was There
And I was at Cornell 77 and the dozens of other amazing NE shows from the late 70s through early 80s, and this is up there with the very best. When the band peaked in the 2nd song of the night with Sugaree, we knew this was going to be a special night, and then when they broke out with China Cat in the MIDDLE of the 1st set, we knew, and what a China Cat it was, and then Jerry steps up and sings Bobby's verse in IKYR. Amazing. But how many times have you been at a show when it seems like this will be the ONE but it never materializes? This night, they really delivered. We just knew they would do something big in the second set, and when Jerry broke into the Dew, we knew it was happening and it was going to be a monster. And it's probably the best one I ever witnessed. I remember they started on time (!) at 8pm and walked off around 12:30. One of the only shows when it really seemed like they did not want to leave the stage, no short cuts tonight! The Iko People hung out in the back of the arena for what seemed like an hour after the show. When I now reflect on the hundred plus shows I was lucky enough to attend, this one is right at the top. And as the other posters said, don't waste your time on a soundboard recording of this show, the audience recording captures the moment pretty damn well!
Subject: THE Show
Then you know.
Subject: china begonias
Subject: Deadbase Ranking For Year 1980: No.9 - "Blasphamy"
As the years passed, I refused to give up looking for a better copy (though it seemed to be the rarest of shows to upgrade.) Living in the general area, I couldn't imagine this show being sooo elusive? Hey, it was only an '80 show. It wan't like, 1966? In the late '90s, I began hearing of a better copy floating around but, never hooked up successfully. So, for twenty-four years, all I could do was wonder how happy I would become when I got an "A" FOB of this show, IF it existed.
When the DP extra of the 9.2.80 Iko > Dew SBD came out, I was thrilled. "Wow. I've GOT to get a hold of it immediately." But when I heard it, I swear to god, I thought it was another show. It was totally sterile and lifeless. I was absolutely furious for months. What did you guys do with MY show?!?! But a few years ago, my Druid FOB prayers were answered. And now everyone can get it!
So, gee, one more five star show you say? Well ladies and gentlemen, I'm hear to tells ya... IT AIN'T JUST ANOTHER FIVE STAR SHOW. In my entire collection, it's in the top 5...and rising. The quality of this FOB is not pristine. I agree with The Archive that it's just in front of the board, which gives it a little air. And with a few bumps and bruises, I'll give it a B++ to A- quality, which isn't too bad for any AUD. But but but, the energy is waaayyyyyy off the scale! This night is all about - "the ambience of energy created between the band and the faithful." As horrible as my copy was, this is the show that brought me to believe there wasn't any other way to listen to a Dead show other than an AUD. Not until Dick's 5.22.77 came around twenty years later, did I soften my opinion on Soundboards.
The show starts out hard and fast with a blemished Minglewood and just RIPS YOUR GUTS OUT with Sugaree > El Paso. I'm putting my ass on the line by saying this Sugaree is just behind my favorite 5.22.77. So as not to make this War & Peace, I'll cut to the other highlight...IKO > DEW. I quote the legendary taper Jeff Silberman in the '75-'85 Compendium: "One of the greatest Morning Dews of all time. I am not unmindful that this is a bold statement. But I stand by it." Deadbase has this DEW listed as 5th best. It is certainly one of THIS reviewer's top favorites, if not THE favorite. I am also certain that the transition from IKO will become legendary with all Heads, once this audience version becomes widespread. Out of my 300+ concerts, I can count on one hand any other show that equals this night. I hereby bear witness that the band did not merely make music, they actually performed magic!" Mr. Silberman is absolutely right. Jeff also adds: "Though 9.2.80 is superior to all, it's poor showing for the year is due to the fact that there were very few recordings made; hense it's rarity and obscurity. Deadbase's yearly ranking of tenth-best (actually 9th) is blasphemy! And I shall not rest until it is accorded its rightful recognition." Amen brother.
Subject: Play this all the way through
Every once in awhile, however, I get pulled into listing to a show from beginning to end; the tightness of the performance ensures that there is no possibility for me to jump to another show before listening to it in full. This Rochester show is one of them. Each song is nearly flawless and a great representation from the year. The Community War Memorial Auditorium is one of those 'classic' Dead venues that attracted a cool scene and fantastic playing from the boys.
This AUD tape is quite rewarding as well. It is the best source for this date by far, and once your AUD ears get dialed in, you'll find that it sounds quite pleasant. I really have to recommend the second set, but the first one is solid as well. Jerry has Tiger fully dialed in, and Brent's dynoed-Rhodes piano tone is at its best. I love how his keys sound like a vibraphone. Enjoy the ride.
Subject: Great '80
I know Brent's toy piano sound offends many people's sensibilities, but I quite enjoy his tinkling solos in FOTD around this time period. Have always especially loved the version on Dead Set. His solo here is quite nice as well.
All in all, very solid stuff. It's a shame that Dead.net couldn't release this show or a couple of shows from fall '80 in place of the May shows released as a Road Trips--those shows are, to me, rougher around the edges. Presumably this is in the vault, if there are so many versions here. Oh well, cheers to having lots of live Dead to listen to.
Subject: My first, ya never forget
asks if I wanna go to Rochester and see the Dead?. We great Lady friend did the trip. Drove up, knew this was no ordinary rock concert. Loved the carnival outside and the groove inside. A tight show and Jerry was truly engaged. A super show. Feel fortunate.
To Scot M. for the invite, the best!
Subject: Sweet FOB recording
Subject: nice fob
been checking back again and again for this one. I had an subpar sounding aud>mc>dat that left me wanting.
the dew is great but check out
9-6-80 fob for the show of the tour
Subject: Damn fine show!
Subject: el paso it is
Subject: First Show
Subject: very dynamic
i've read about this show for years, listened to the dick's picks stuff, but dang, to listen to this develop from the opening notes to the morning dew is an epic experience in doing dishes. never knew i could extend the task so long.
Subject: Whoa! Hey Now!!
I cannot go to sleep, I have to listen to it over and over...
The rest of the show is right up there, BTW.
Subject: One of the best of the year.
Check out the Estimated for some fantastic Jerry soloing, which slides right into a Terrapin. Jerry's voice is still silky smooth, a pleasure to hear. Phil is also nicely up in the mix here, and the interplay between he and Jerry is wonderful. Interesting jams both into and out of Drumz. Mellow Aiko, but the DEW, well the DEW is just too damn perfect and powerful. Easily one of the best ever. Listen, download, love this one.
Subject: Sonic Masterpiece
Back in the Duster, gas card in hand, $20 to our nameÃÂover to 81 and west to Rochester.
Now ÃÂChester is barely visible in bright sunlight. Throw in the clouds, cold and rain and it gets down right depressing, but we keep on keeping on. Any way, we arrived early afternoon and went to check out the scene at the War Memorial. Its amazing, that irregardless of the weather, the scene outside a show, is like a biosphere ÃÂthe world outside going about itÃÂs day, peeking in on this alien community that has decided to homestead around a venerable hall, and totally clueless to the joke.
Peter and I need to kill a couple of hours, waiting for Mercurio and Spike the dinosaur to arrive from Long Island. So we head to a local pool hall. Nice enough place that served hot food and booze and shoot a couple of games. All of a sudden Peter is trying, nonchalantly, to get my attention as I chalk my cueÃÂ Low and behold, as Peter is slotting the quarters the coin box opensÃÂTuesday, Rainy, Rochester, Two boys from the Island and the place is manned by a lonely barkeepÃÂ After 3 games and stuffing as many quarters as we had pockets, we could barely walk out of the place without the floor boards creaking.
Back to the Memorial, $150 heavier...I smell a hotel, that doesnÃÂt mind coin, in our future.
Mercurio shows with Spike, whoÃÂs about 2ÃÂ high, pink in color, and never misses a show. We all meet up with Mickey the Sorcerer, as did practically everyone. Doors Opens, GA, 7000 Souls .
The entire show speaks for itself. The venue, the vibe, the song selection and the performance. I listened to the show yesterday, in the car and loud, and that Sugaree is flat out, transporting. The bridge to El Paso is provided by the crowd as Bobby is two lines into the song before we decided to pass Sugaree to the ages. The China/Rider/Lost/Saint/Ease was just a glimpse of what was to come.
Althea to open the 2nd set, with a C.C., Ship, Estimated, Terrapin, Playing. Are you kidding me? The drummers were practically into the Solo when Garcia sticks it to them for rushing, and Bobby, never one to miss an opportunity to jerk their chain, pulls out the Playing.
For those who were there, the closing numbers to this show will remain with us through eternity. Maybe our molecular makeup was altered that night. I donÃÂt know. I know that those opening notes to the Dew were the gateway to a place that very few have ventured.
As we made our way through a side door, a raging River had cut itself into what was once, a Main StreetÃÂ Far Out.
Subject: Smokin upstate Dead!
Subject: been waiting
Subject: Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY
For those that are interested.... Rochester girls in M'Wood... RIT U of R, U Buffalo, Hamilton, St Lawrence, Colgate, Syracuse, were all within driving distance and the crowd drove these shows - this is a nice find, great quality and a hot show from a wonderful (some say uninspired, not true) time. FOTD, All over now, fkn smoking china>rider - clap along with the crowd I did + listen to how rowdy and dose-fueled they are.
Second set opens with a great Althea, superb CC Rider, rocking Estimated>Terr>Playin you can just feel the lights changing from blue/green purple/yellow with the spotlight on Jer in the black T during the jam in this...Lastly there is a nice Bobby Brent thing tacked on the end. Bonecrunching Morning Dew.
Wonderful, long and high energy show with D5 / shotgun quality (was this out yet? sure sounds like it...)
Subject: Another fine example
Subject: ees allright I guess
Good show. Real nice listen. Lots of good, high energy stuff.
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